Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Oh, sorry. I got waylaid by an article link on the MSN Homepage. It's entitled The Capitalism of Soccer by Daniel Gross. He contends that baseball is called the all-American sport but goes on to show that it is highly socialistic. Meantime some Americans have called soccer a socialistic sport and he shows that it is highly capitalistic. I've been a soccer fan for a long time and watch whenever a game is on tv. We saw the friendly game between Manchester United and Chelsea played before 67,000 fans in Seahawk Stadium here in Seattle last July. I followed the English Premier games every Tuesday during the season and watch the MSL games whenever ESPN allows me to. They often cut away to some other kind of game at the half after having announced the game in the schedule. Ah, well. If you have the slightest interest in soccer, you miught take a look at this article.

What I started to write was that it is check-writing time in the Denton household. You know, when the month and the money run out at almost the same time. As a retiree, I only get paid once a month. So when I sat down to write checks this evening I thought I'd better have some music in my ears. I use the earphones because my wife is a loyal fan of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. So I can turn off the speakers, use earphones, and set the volume at the right place for me without disturbing her. I chose Maria Muldaur's A Woman Alone with the Blues. It's not really a blues album but what, in my day, we called 'torch songs.' Most of them are slow ballads with a plaintive quality to them. They seem like strange selections for the lady who recorded 'Midnight at the Oasis' those many years ago. But it's a good album. And good arrangements by the band backing her. She cuts loose, though, on the last cut with a really upbeat 'I'm Gonna Go Fishin'. Good stuff, Maynard.


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